Your secret style weapon for spring? Anything military-inspired. Utilitarian touches (think cargo pockets and olive green) were spotted on runways from Marc Jacobs to Salvatore Ferragamo. Read on to find out what’s so different about this take on the time-tested trend.

Military Trend

Unlike the rigid, uniform-like looks of years past, both structured and relaxed silhouettes are fair game this season. Start with a sharper shape on bottom, like a pencil skirt or tailored trousers. Then, layer on a looser-fitting jacket or button-front top to balance it out. The finishing touch? Minimalist accessories with sleek lines and gold-toned details that tie the outfit together.

Stock up on this trend and more spring must-haves in our Rue’s Spring Checklist Boutique, which opens Thursday, March 19, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 16, 2015

Cheers to a fresh crop of color – from a subdued yellow-and-plum combo to a complete dusty-peach ensemble – courtesy of our favorite style stars.

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1. All Valentino? Yes, please. Kate Mara nailed a playfully mismatched look from the label at its Fall 2015 runway show in Paris.

2. There’s a lot to love about Camilla Belle’s look at the Moët & Chandon celebration for Roger Federer, from the colorful prints on her Preen kimono-inspired wrap dress to her strappy Brian Atwood sandals.

3. Head-to-toe peach has never looked so polished. Jessica Alba paired voluminous silhouettes from Narciso Rodriguez for an appearance at Morgan Stanley’s Executive Women’s Conference to speak about her company, Honest.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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March 13, 2015

A whole month of runway shows in four different cities is coming to a close, wrapping up the debuts of the Fall 2015 collections. And while we saw all kinds of out-there looks — lacy masks at Comme des Garçons, face-painted men in skirts at Vivienne Westwood, and chain-mail dresses at Alexander Wang — there were also totally approachable trends that surfaced show after show. Here are the top five we can’t wait to wear come fall.

Fall 2015 Fashion Recap

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March 12, 2015

Go ahead – look twice. Taiwan-based accessory brand JumpFromPaper is poised for street-style fame with its cartoonish 2D bags. Staring at these playful pieces for too long might make your brain hurt, but it’s worth it.

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The collection features a range of backpacks, crossbodies, and handbags with bright blue, yellow, and red accents. In sporty styles and bold hues, the bags look pretty unreal.

Now this is an optical illusion we can get behind. And the onlookers these quirky pieces guarantee is incentive enough to buy one.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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March 11, 2015

Longer, sun-filled days can only mean one thing: it’s sunglasses season. Celebrate the rising temps with a pair that plays up your best features. Not sure which style to go for? Just find your face shape below, choose any of the corresponding frame silhouettes, and flaunt away.

Sunglasses by Face Shape

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March 11, 2015

Move over, Kimye. The real stars of Paris Fashion Week? Two familiar male models. Actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson returned to the runway in full Blue Steel glory, reprising their roles as Derek Zoolander and his nemesis Hansel from the 2001 film Zoolander.

Zoolander at Fashion WeekImage via @voguemagazine

Surprising unsuspecting show-goers at Valentino, Ben sauntered down the catwalk in a brocade suit and black Creeper shoes. Owen followed in an overcoat-topped pajama suit and sneakers. Although fashion insiders are a notoriously tough crowd to shock, the actors were greeted with applause and laughter from the audience. Backstage, they posed with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, who even managed to crack a smile.

The reappearance of Zoolander and Hansel serves as a lesson to all of us: There’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking. Like getting a sequel. Filming for Zoolander 2 is set to begin in Rome later this month.

By Renata Certo-Ware, Staff Writer

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March 10, 2015

For weeks, fans of The Bachelor have convened on couches and by water coolers to recap a drama-packed season. But tonight, bachelor Chris Soules will pick between two stylish women – Becca Tilley and Whitney Bischoff. Of course it has us (and Rue buyer Ilana S.) thinking about what each woman will wear to the final rose ceremony. Here, Ilana shares her tips for wowing that special someone on your next date night.

Style Inspired by "The Bachelor"

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Try separates: This season, we’ve seen new trending night-out wears. Give the usual dress a break and swap for a monochrome jumpsuit or matching crop top and skirt.

Less is more: A simple number can still make a statement. Pair a classic silhouette and color with bold accessories (much like Whitney), to keep the look fresh. A bright lip or lash extensions are a flirty final touch.

Experiment with embellishment: Don’t shy away from mixing metallics or adding an extra layer of sparkle with your clutch and heels.

Put together your ideal date night outfit in our Snag a Rose: Glam Style Inspired by The Bachelor Boutique, which opened Monday, March 9, at 11AM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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March 9, 2015

Blue and black or white and gold? No matter your answer, we can bet that you had at least one heated discussion about #TheDress this week. In honor of all the buzz, we’re taking a look at three dress-focused looks. There’s nothing to debate about these stunners.

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1. Emma Roberts stepped out in the always-classic LBD. But ruffled trim and lace-up heels give her Cynthia Rowley frock a flirty twist.

2. Lily James played the part of a real-life princess in Elie Saab Haute Couture at the Los Angeles premiere of Cinderella. Staying true to her character, she wore crystal-encrusted Christian Louboutin heels and carried a Charlotte Olympia Time Piece clutch.

3. Sarah Hyland let her bright pink dress do the talking at The Kindred Foundation for Adoption fundraiser. The hot hue was balanced by a simple and sophisticated silhouette.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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March 6, 2015

Prepare to temporarily bid your Netflix adieu. Next month, Dior and I will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the exclusive world of haute couture.

The documentary follows Belgian designer Raf Simons in his first few months as creative director at Christian Dior. “I want to have quite a radical approach in terms of modernizing it,” he says of the storied French house.

And since Simons had only eight weeks to complete his first collection, Dior and I promises to deliver the drama – ahem, glamour.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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March 6, 2015

Per usual, Chanel has caused a very chic stir. With Kristen Stewart headlining its just-released handbag campaign (and Vanessa Paradis baring all), the iconic French brand introduced the Girl bag. And in true Karl Lagerfeld fashion, the silhouette is anything but ordinary.

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With a decorative button placket and dual front pockets, the Girl resembles a classic Chanel cardigan. The best part? It’s meant to be tossed over the shoulder just like a sweater.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the label released a boundary-pushing shape. (Chanel No. 5 Bottle Bag, anyone?) As a general rule of thumb, we’ve learned to always expect the unexpected when it comes to Karl’s team.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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March 5, 2015